Student or Learner
What is the difference between "instance" and "example"?
Can you give me an example of this matter?
Can you give me an instance of this matter?
So,how are they different?
To me, if you ask someone for "an instance", you are asking them to tell you about something that actually happened -- something real.
If you ask for an "an example", it might be something real or something theoretical which serves as an illustration of something.